It was around 2016, and D. D. Scott had been an International Bestselling Author (with 39 books published, over 1.3 million books sold, and major bestseller lists appearances, including Amazon's Top 10, Top 100, Movers and Shakers, and #1 on Barnes & Noble) when she was asked to speak at a National Pen Women's Association event on Bird Key in Florida.
The incredible women in that room wanted to hear her story as to how she had beat the odds in the publishing world. Basically, after writing for close to 20 years and trying for over 13 years to get published the traditional way (meaning with a Big NYC Publisher), D. D. decided to burn the traditional publishing bridges (after a long night of bourbon at the bar of a convention center hotel she was teaching a writing class at in Ohio). She went home, fired her agent, and went the self-publishing route (which was brand new and in totally untested waters, thanks to a new little device called the Amazon Kindle). Oh, and she didn't just dive into self-publishing, either. In D. D.'s much beloved wild style, she dove in Deep!
Following her presentation, a woman raised her hand and asked, "Could you teach me how to do what you've done?"
D. D., being a "just say yes" kinda gal who then figures out all the details later, answered with, "Yessss, I suppose I could do that!"
"How much would you charge me?" the same woman asked.
"I have no idea as I've never done that before!" D. D. followed up her answer with the big laugh she's occasionally teased about.
Six years later, the company D. D. created from that single question -- LetLoveGlow Author Services - has now helped over 800 authors write and publish the books of their hearts, many of which have hit bestseller lists!
D. D. was the first entrepreneur to create a company that literally (pun intended) "does it all" for an author -- from cover design, to editing, to ebook and paperback formatting, to uploading/publishing on Amazon KDP, author and book branding, and the design of promotional materials and strategy. And ... LetLoveGlow Author Services does all that WITHOUT taking a percentage of an author's royalties, something D. D. does not believe in. As she likes to say, "Your book is YOUR baby, not mine. They're YOUR Intellectual Property rights, not mine. And, in today's Wild West publishing environment, where a book has the opportunity to be turned into a television series or movie or the story behind some new game, YOU (as the Author) want to hang onto those rights and cash in!"
D. D. also believes in the power of love and light and laughter, and she knew that she could create a publishing culture and community that had those concepts as their core. An thus ... LetLoveGlow Author Services has become the incredibly kind and wonderfully fun and supportive place to write and publish the books of your heart.
As D. D. would sign off:
"Cheers, Hugs, and Love, Sweet Friends! Let's crank out some books!"